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Fashion Plate

"Worked muslin dress and skirt, to show the feet and ankles"
Fashion plates were hand-colored engravings inserted into ladies' magazines at the end of the 1700s and throughout the 1800s. Before the advent of advertising, the plates and their descriptions served as a source of fashion news for women. Although this plate was published in the British magazine "The Repository of Arts," the information contained in it would have been available to literate women in the United States. Some American women undoubtedly subscribed to the magazine. However, many more would have learned about these latest fashions through local newspapers, which often printed the descriptive text that accompanied the plate.

Dimensions, 6" x 9-5/8"
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Learn more!
· Fashion plate from "The Repository of the Arts," June 1809
· 19th-Century Fashion and the Sewing Machine
· "You Are What You Buy" by Richard & Joyce Wolkomir, "Smithsonian" magazine, October 2000

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